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Fifth graders pilot new writing curriculum

Lotspeich teacher, Danielle Levine, was chosen as one of six teachers across the country to pilot the new Writing Unit of Study curriculum entitled, “Research-Based Argument Essay” written by the Teachers College at Colombia University.  Fifth graders continue to work through the new curriculum by peer-reviewing their argumentative essays about homework.  “Students are immersed in an intensive writing unit. They have researched the benefits and disadvantages of homework, and are composing letters to support the side of the argument they support.  The fifth graders worked on strengthening their writing by adding evidence they collected during the research process,” Levine said.